Windows partition name other than "untitled"

Spikey115

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Is there any way to rename the windows partition to something other than "untitled"? Better yet, is there any way of hiding this partition from my desktop without having to hide my Macintosh HD and exernal drives?
 

BadRambo

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You can also rename drive in the FINDER window. In the upper half or so of the vertical sidebar on the left, you see all the logical partitions listed. Just right click (assuming you use a two-button mouse like me ;) ) -- on the partition you wish to rename. Menu drops down and you select the Rename function.

Piece of cake --- Bob --- :D
 

balamw

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BadRambo said:
You can also rename drive in the FINDER window.
Unfortunately that only works if you used FAT32. Since NTFS is read only you can't rename an NTFS volume from OS X.

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7on

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And FAT32 drives can only be uppercase - so if you want spiffy upper and lowercase letters you have to go NTFS. :p
 

Laslo Panaflex

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Here's a stumper, how do I change the default HD icon on the windows drive?

I don't think it can be done, but maybe someone out there knows.
 

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You cant if the drive is formated in NTFS

If you want to hide the drive from the desktop, simply when you rename the c drive in widows, call it .somthing

By doing so, when you go back to OSX the windows partition is hidden, but you can still access it from drive folders :)
 

Laslo Panaflex

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I just thought of a way to change the HD icon. You just change the default system icon to whatever icon you want the windows HD to look like, making all voumes default to that icon. You can then change all the other volumes icon to whatever icon you like including the system default, assuming you saved it somewhere else.

I am so smart :p
 

BadRambo

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"Unfortunately that only works if you used FAT32. Since NTFS is read only you can't rename an NTFS volume from OS X."

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Very true. Forgot about that one.... Thanks for the catch. :D
 

balamw

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Laslo Panaflex said:
Here's a stumper, how do I change the default HD icon on the windows drive?

I don't think it can be done, but maybe someone out there knows.
You can put a .VolumeIcon.icns file in the root of your NTFS drive (from Windows) and customize it manually that way though you may need to use setfile from the developers tools to make it recognize the custom icon.

onmac.net seems to be down or I'd point you to their wiki on it.

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Spikey115

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You cant if the drive is formated in NTFS

If you want to hide the drive from the desktop, simply when you rename the c drive in widows, call it .somthing

By doing so, when you go back to OSX the windows partition is hidden, but you can still access it from drive folders :)
Can you elaborate a little more? What do you mean by "drive folders"?
 

balamw

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MacRumorUser said:
The side bar when you open say macintosh hd.
i.e. Macintosh HD/Volumes/.somthing.

EDIT: onmac.net is back up and their guide to customizing the bootloader icons is here:
http://wiki.onmac.net/index.php/Personalize_your_bootloader

If you use a NTFS file system, you will not be able to modify the XP Partition's icon by the "Get Info" procedure. Follow this instructions to see how you can change your XP Partition's icon

1.- Format a USB stick with a FAT file system (you can use any volume really, but it needs to be FAT).

2.- In Mac OS X, set a custom volume icon using the Finder's "More info" window or any tool of your choice.

3.- Open a Terminal window, enter

cd /Volumes
ls -la

You'll see a file listed that has the same name as the FAT volume, but with a "._" prepended. For example, "._USBSTICK".

4.-Copy that file to the equivalent name for the Windows XP NTFS partition by typing in the terminal

cp ._USBSTICK ._WinXP

5.- Transfer the ".VolumeIcon.icns" file created on the FAT file system to the root of the NTFS partition, using Windows.

6.- Open a Command Prompt and Enter in "attrib +H +S .VolumeIcon.icns" from the root of your NTFS partition. This will make the file a Hidden, System file, which hides it from curious passers by and even if you have the show hidden and systems files it will not show up in your NTFS partition.

Congratulations! Now your XP partition has a new icon
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